Oklahoma women's basketball: Whitney Hand is 'OK' with the end of college career

Hand, who suffered a second career knee injury, has done a lot of processing since the injury a week ago. “It is what it is, and I've done what I've done.”
by Stephanie Kuzydym Published: December 13, 2012
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photo - UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA WOMEN'S BASKETBALL / OU WOMEN'S BASKETBALL / INJURED: Whitney Hand is attended to by trainer Carolyn Loon and head coach Sherri Coale following an injury as the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) play the North Texas Mean Green in NCAA, women's college basketball at The Lloyd Noble Center on Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012  in Norman, Okla. Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman
UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA WOMEN'S BASKETBALL / OU WOMEN'S BASKETBALL / INJURED: Whitney Hand is attended to by trainer Carolyn Loon and head coach Sherri Coale following an injury as the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) play the North Texas Mean Green in NCAA, women's college basketball at The Lloyd Noble Center on Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012 in Norman, Okla. Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman

Now, that is gone. The statistics stopped growing at 1,211 points, 555 rebounds, 296 assists, 164 3-pointers and 120 steals.

“That leadership void and that intangible thing that Whit did where she just made everyone else better because she was walking around on the floor, I think sometimes when you have somebody the caliber of Whitney Hand, you don't want (be as vocal) because she's so good at it,” Coale said.

Oklahoma rallied to beat North Texas, 71-68.

Hand followed the game at the hospital thanks to GameTracker and text updates from the women's basketball sports information director.

“I hate that. I hate not being there,” Hand said.

Just a week after her college career ended, she sat smiling as her bubbly personality shined.

 “At first when it happened, I was so upset because I wanted to leave this place better than I found it,” Hand said. “I kept thinking, ‘Everything's for nothing. All those millions of shots were for nothing.'

“I feel like I've been doing a lot of processing, and I'm good with it all. I'm OK. And all of the support I received, just the love, I was so overwhelmed with all of it. That helped. It was kind of like an ointment over me, for my mind and my soul.

“I realized, I could have played 30 more games, but my legacy would be the same. It is what it is, and I've done what I've done.”

The Tulsa World contributed to this story

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by Stephanie Kuzydym
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Stephanie Kuzydym learned at a young age that life is a game of inches. That's just one reason why she loves football. Kuzydym joined The Oklahoman in July 2012. Before arriving in the state, Kuzydym was an intern for the sports departments at...
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